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Weekend Reflections for 5/10/19

Living with the Mystery of God\

In the Gospel readings for this week, May 12-18, Jesus provides a variety of revelations into the mystery of the Holy Trinity.  He does this indirectly by describing some of the relationships He and the Father have, as well as relationships that we have with him and his Father.  You might say they are samples of the richness of the being of our triune God.  Here are a few of them.

The Father and I are one.

As the Father loves me so I also love you. Remain in my love.

I’ve told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be


I no longer call you slaves… I have called you friends.

It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you

Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject

 anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my

own will but the will of the one who sent me.

If you know me, then you will know my Father

Whoever has seen me has seen the Father

Can we ever fully understand these relationships?   No.  A spiritual writer recommends that we do not try or struggle to fully understand the mysteries of our faith.  As mysteries they are insolvable. Rather we should lavish care and attention on them.  Take the Eucharist as one such example. By pondering and reflecting upon it as well as we can we take in the mystery.  Even though only partially it can by the grace of God enrich our understanding and appreciation of how fully and completely our God wants us to be a part of the divine mystery and life of God. 

Jim Blumeyer, S.J.